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Accusing fortune, and too cruell fate,
Which plonged had faire Lady in so wretched state.
Then, turning to his Palmer, said; “Old syre,
And feeble nature cloth'd with fleshly tyre1!
And makes it servaunt to her basest part;
The strong it weakens with infirmitie,
And with bold furie armes the weakest hart:
The strong through pleasure soonest falles, the weake through smart."
"But Temperaunce," said he, "with golden squire'
Of anguish, rather then of crime, hath bene,
And, in the meane, vouchsafe her honorable toombe."
"Palmer," quoth he, "death is an equall doome To good and bad, the common In of rest;
1 Tyre, dress.
Squire, square or rule. 3 Whott, hot.
4 Tene, sorrow.
5 Sith, since.
In the meane, meanwhile.
LVIII. 4.- Frye.] This does not seem to be the word required here, to oppose the sentiment in the former line.
LVIII. 5.- Fares them both atweene.] Goes between them both.
But after death the tryall is to come,
When best shall bee to them that lived best:
So both agree their bodies to engrave2:
Bynempt a sacred vow, which none should ay releace.
The dead Knights sword out of his sheath he drew,
Which medling with their blood and earth he threw
And worse and worse, young Orphane, be thy payne,
Till guiltie blood her guerdon doe obtayne!” —
4 Bynempt, pronounced.
5 Medling, mingling.
LIX. 8. For all, &c.] For I think it as great a calamity to remain after death dishonorably unburied, as to die dishonorably.
Babes bloody handes may not be clensd.
Her sisters, Two Extremities,
THUS when Sir Guyon with his faithfull Guyde
The end of their sad tragedie uptyde,1
The litle Babe up in his armes he hent 2 ;
Gan smyle on them, that rather ought to weepe,
As carelesse of his woe, or innocent
Of that was doen; that ruth 3 emperced deepe [steepe: In that Knightes hart, and wordes with bitter teares did
"Ah! lucklesse Babe, borne under cruell starre,
1 Uptide, accomplished. 2 Hent, took.
3 Ruth, pity.
Then, soft himselfe inclyning on his knee
He wist not whether blott of fowle offence
Or that the charme and veneme, which they dronck,
Being diffused through the senceless tronck
That, through the great contagion, direful deadly stonck.
Whom thus at gaze the Palmer gan to bord 2 With goodly reason, and thus fayre bespake; "Ye bene right hard amated,3 gratious Lord,
1 Weene, propose or attempt.
3 Amated, perplexed.
2 Bord, address.
III. 3. So love, &c.] "Entire affection hateth nicer hands.".
Book I. canto VIII. stanza XL.
III. 4. — His guillie handes, &c.] Guiltie is perhaps a mistake for
guiltlesse; or it may mean "guilty,"
as wearing the stain or hue of
IV. 3.- In lieu of innocence.] Church conjectures that Spenser wrote love, instead of lieu.
And of your ignorance great merveill make,
"Of those, some were so from their sourse indewd
And filles with flowres fayre Floraes painted lap:
Or by good prayers, or by other hap,
Had vertue pourd into their waters bace,
And thenceforth were renowmd, and sought from place to
"Such is this well, wrought by occasion straunge,
"At last, when fayling breath began to faint,
1 Hartlesse, timid.
VII. 2. Her nymph.] As Diana has not been mentioned as yet, "her" must mean "Nature's."
VII. 7.- Chace.] This rhyme requires a different word, and this is probably a mistake. Ray has been suggested as its substitute.